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judge for six years. >> greta: has there been any talk, do you know what holmes has been doing since he was arrested inside the jail. was he under any medication, under a suicide watch, anything like that? >> he is under segregation. as for medication. that was the first question the local district attorney. she said she couldn't answer that. he appeared to be sedated or something like that during the hearing today. >> greta: what struck me is the fact he was sitting in the jury box and not next to his lawyer. is there any explanation for? >> that i same it was something to do with security. by sitting there he was couple feet away from the door. he was arm's reach of one of the deputies sitting there and he was substantially further away from the victims' families. >> greta: if was there trial going on, there is more security. >> i think they add some security. chain defendants to the tables there. i don't know if they want to take those steps for this early in the hearing. >> who is his lawyer? >> his lawyer, name escapes me now. daniel king who is a local death penalty attorney. he h
. over the next weeks and month, we will hear more about suspected shooter james holmes. there will likely be court appearances, charges, and perhaps a trial. it will be holmes who makes headlines. a name you'll hear over and over. and usually it is the suspected killer that gets most of the attention. eric harris and dylanical icalk. anders behring breivik. today is the one-year anniversary of that mass killing. but names we should be hearing are those of the victims. we want to start this morning remembering those who lost their lives friday morning as told by the people they left behind. >> not surprising to me that his first thought would be her. that's what a man does. he protects his loved ones. i'm very proud of him. we're going to miss him. >> just a great kid. talented kid. very talented. a lot of gifts. made people laugh. always made people smile. gentle giant was the way we looked at him. >> the sweetest smile you've ever seen. and she got -- she got prettier as she grew older. in a blink of an eye, something happens, and -- completely changes everyone's life
: tonight we are live in aurora, colorado and james holmes dressed in a jail jumpsuit made his first appearance. he never out eared word. it was a strange scene inside the courtroom. for more on that, brandon from the aurora sentinel joins us. take me through it. >> what most people were struck by his of various colors, the orange hair, another shade of red on his pants. orange sandals it was a unique scene. once he sat down. he never opened his mouth. he never seemed to acknowledge anything. >> greta: did he seem to look around the courtroom? >> i don't think so. i think he had his eyes on the judge and that was about it. he didn't look at the victims or anything like that. >> greta: what about the victims in the courtroom. who were they if you know and was there reaction? >> there was a handful of families of the deceased. they were surrounded by several victims from around the state. they brought them in from various different agencies. there was one man who i assume was the father of deceased who was staring throughout the entire hearing. i don't think he took his eyes off for a
masked shooting in american history. police say 24-year-old james holmes put on full tactical gear, including a helmet, gas mask and a vest like this, arming himself with three guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. 20 minutes after the movie started, dates saw that same emergency exit door open again. >> the way that this person swung into the door, it seemed like this person was probably acting like a villain. to swing to the door, to walk in, dressed all in black, a black cap, a black gas mask, body armor, weapon wrapped around his neck which i thought was fake. >> me and my husband at the time, we thaulgts ought oh, som pulling a prank. i hear this poof from down on my right. and then i see this canister go all the way up, arch over the screen and land about four or five rows below me. my first thought was oh, it's some kind of a fireworks. >> come to find out it was containing a deadly -- like a toxic gasz. it was hard for us to breathe. >> reporter: smoke filled the dark theater as fear swept through the sold-out crowd. and then it got even worsz. >> i realize people were
in the case. police here in aurora say that they've removed all hazards from james holmes' apartment, and some of the evacuated neighbors were actually allowed to return last night. but not before police carefully detonated some explosives. one neighbor said she nearly entered the apartment early friday morning when loud techno music started blaring. she tried yelling it holmes and noticed the door was unlocked but didn't open it. that may have saved kristin fonzie's life. she now knows the music was set to play while the suspected gunman was at the theater. police say had she entered the apartment she likely would have died. jim spellman is at the apartment complex where holmes lives this morning. you have new information on the investigation. i understand they questioned somebody else. >> reporter: that's right. overnight, multiple reports surfaced that there may be a potential second suspect in this case. aurora police wanted to knock that down pretty quick. they put out a statement saying, yes, they interviewed somebody they described as an associate of james holmes, the accused shooter in
this is for the first time we are seeing james holmes. >> there is a video freeze frame of the suspect james holmes. >> seemed especially lethargic, nonresponsive. >> maybe an act. >> doesn't seem any effort. >> didn't focus his eyes at all. >> and a nation. >> people say it's bad politics to address the issue. i think they are wrong. i'm going to try to stir it up and so is everybody else. >> to think gun control or increased gun control is the answer in my view, that would have to be proved. >> eighteen months since arizona. when are you going to do this. >> weapons of war don't belong on the streets. >> i want to get you straight out to the west coast where the attorney for the holmes family, his parents, james's parents, is beginning a press conference in san diego. let's listen. >> a bit different from the process in california. here in california if someone is arrested for a crime such as murder, the district attorney's office first files a complaint alleging what the charges are and then files a complaint. the first court appearance is an arraignment where the acc
on the largest mass shooting in american history. alleged gunman james eagan holmes is due in court this morning. >> jeff is at the scene of the shooting in aurora, colorado. good morning to you, jeff. >> reporter: good morning to you and our viewers across the west. we watched a vigil last night, an extraordinary outpouring of support here in aurora. this as the president reminded the nation about the resolve of the human spirit. >> even in the darkest of days, you know, life continues, and people are strong and people bounce back and people are resilient. >> reporter: the president arrived here sunday afternoon, first meeting privately with families of those who died and those injured. and he shared a heroing tale of heroism. stephanie davies and ally young were there when the gunman threw a gas canister inside the theater. ally immediately stood up. >> she was shot in the neck and a punctured vein and immediately she started spurting blood. stephanie, 21 years old, had the presence of mind to drop down on the ground with her, pull her out of the aisle, place her fingers over where ally had be
and families. the holmes family would like to maintain their privacy. so at this time we will not be discussing james or his relationship to the family, and we would respect courtesy in that regard. so thank you very much for the ti time. [ inaudible ] >> no. >> can you describe -- [ inaudible ] >> they are doing as well as they can under the circumstances. >>. [ inaudible ] other than reports -- information about -- [ inaudible ] >> you know, we haven't been looking at all of the news reports, so i really can't comment on that. >> why has the family hired a criminal defense attorney. >> i can't comment on that either. criminal defense attorneys understand the system a lot better than civil attorneys. >> got these messages this weekend or -- [ inaudible ] >> i'm sorry? >> these messages crafted were they done this weekend or after you saw them this morning? >> throughout the process. throughout. all through the weekend when i was getting calls. [ inaudible ] >> i really can't comment on that. >> on the back of the car, there's a bumper sticker, that links to a website about depression, addictio
. police say 24-year-old james holmes put on full tactical gear, including a helmet, gas mask and a vest like this. arming himself with three guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. 20 minutes after the movie started, he saw that same emergency exit door open again. >> this person swung into the door and acted like a villain to swing and walk in and dressed all in black. black cap and a black gas mask and body armor and weapon wrapped around his neck which i thought was fake. >> me and my husband at the time thought someone is pulling a prank. i hear this poof from down on my right. i see this canister go all the way up and arch over the screen and land about four or five rows below me. my first thought is it's some kind of fireworks. >> come to find out, it was containing a toxic gas. it was hard foritous breathe. >> smoke filled the dark theater as fear swept through the sold out crowd. then it got even worse. >> people were screaming a terror scream. >> you heard shots? >> yes. >> constant? >> like a semi automatic rifle? >> boom, boom, boom? >> exact low like that. >> in rhythm in
say 24-year-old james holmes put on full tactical gear, including a helmet, gas mask, and a vest like this, arming himself with three guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. 20 minutes after the movie started, dates saw that same emergency exit door open again. >> the way that this person swung into the door, it seemed like this person was probably acting like a villain to swing into the door and walk in dressed all in black, a black cap, a black gas mask, body armor, weapon wrapped around his neck which i thought was fake. >> me and my husband, at the time, we both thought, oh, someone is pulling a prank. i hear this noise from down on my right and then i see this canister go all the way up, arch over the screen, and land about four or five rows below me. my first thought, oh, it's some kind of gofireworks. >> come to find out, it was containing a toxic gas. it was hard for us to breathe. >> reporter: smoke filled the dark theater as fear swept through the sold-out crowd and then it got even worse. >> i realized people were screaming, a terror scream. >> reporter: you were hearing
, the suspected shooter, james holmes, will make his first court appearance in the courthouse that is right behind me. he's being held in the ajas ent jail in isolation in connection with the killings. he faces first degree murder charges, an offense that could carry a possible death penalty process. he spent months planning the rampage. so far we know of no motive. officers say right now he is not cooperating. this as the people of aurora are coming together and remembering the victims and trying to move forward. last night thousands attended a prayer vigil to honor those touched by the violence and to remember the lives lost. earlier president obama met with survivors and families of those killed. here he is with 2002 young women who survived the shooting after meeting with them he spoke about justice for the victims. >> although the perpetrator of this evil act has received a lot of attention over the last couple of days, that attention will fade away. and in the end, after he has felt the full force of our justice system, what will be remembered are the good people who are impacted by this tra
on in our program. still ahead on "starting point," the owner of a gun range that james holmes trialed tried to access to, why he had a strange feeling about the gunman. and what would cause a person to do something so evil and so atrocious? i'll speak with a clinical psychologist about any possible warning signs. you're watching "starting point." we're back in just a moment. >> it's not surprising to me, his first thought would be her. that's what a man does. he protects his loved ones. i'm very proud of him. we're going to miss him. t about? neutrogena® rapid wrinkle repair. its retinol formula visibly reduces wrinkles in one week. why wait if you don't have to. neutrogena®. the lines, the cost, the hassle. ♪ express yourself [ female announcer ] why not try coffee-mate? with over 25 delicious flavors for a fraction of the cost of the coffee house. add your flavor, with coffee-mate, from nestle. add your flavor, according to ford, the works fuel saver package could literally pay for itself. jim twitchel is this true? yes it's true. how is this possible? proper tire inflation, by
and more investigating of suspect james holmes, there has been no rest. they continued collecting evidence today, a day after disarming the apartment where he lived. police saying it was set up to kill or seriously injury whom ever entered. i spoke with police chief daniel oats earlier about effort to preserve the evidence. >> that was extremely high priority over the last two days, we wanted the evidence in that, inside that apartment and we've taken custody of the computer, the potential that we might get evidence out that have computer is, well, it's very important to us, but, every ounce of evidence will just help us hold this person accountable. so, it was a very, very high priority that we cover evidence and i'm so grateful that we had the bomb professionals from the feds and our local agencies to help us do that. it was a great relief, and we've mitigated the hazard and that we would start that evidence and i suspect we'll be sifting through that evidence for months. >> we'll hear more of that evidence from chief oats later in the hour. as for holmes, the 24-year-old is currently in
to think for the neighbor who lives below james holmes in that apartment. some of my colleagues spoke with the person who lives right below him and said at some point, the night before, all of that loud music, that she had actually gone in there and opened up the door. so imagine just how much worse this could have been had that happened. those authorities have been nearly 36 hours cleaning out that apartment. >> just think if the suspect had made some sort of miss take when he was having the stuff delivered and putting it together. and large, i mean large volumes of delivers we were told by law enforcement over the last couple of months, ed. why? >> and this is one of the things that the police chief talked about. they shared a little bit of this yesterday. the work that had been done over the last few months. we learned from law enforcement officials, that the guns were purchased in several area gun stores here in the denver area. during the last three months, there was a great deal of ammunition. some say 6,000 rounds that james holmes purchased a and had delivered to him. they say
at the apartment where suspected mass murderer james holmes lived. listen. and it could have been much worse. bomb squad technicians and dozens of federal agents spending a tense day removing trip wires, disarming a series of ex-ploy suvs that police say were meant to seriously hurt or kill whoever first entered that apartment. >> make no mistake, okay. this apartment was designed i say based on everything i have seen to kill whoever entered it, okay. and who was most likely to enter that location after he planned and eastboun executed s horrific crime? it firefightersing t was goinge officer. if you think we are angry we sure as hell are hang fry. what happened to our city and the wonderful people that live here and what he threatened to do to one of our police officers. >> holmes' down stairs neighbor almost walked into that trap. around midnight thursday night she heard techno music booming upstairs and went to holmes third floor apartment to tell him to quiet down and put her hand on the doornorthbound and says she realized it would open but her instants told her to walk away. >> something tol
to the shooter. james holmes refusing to cooperate, using evidence bags as hand puppets. what was fueling his bizarre actions in the courtroom. >>> family fight. police called overnight to the jackson home. this photo showing janet jermaine jackson arguing. new details to where the king of pop's mom has really been all the time. >>> and -- the boss' shocking secrets revealed. bruce springsteen opening up. >>> and the whole gang and breaking as we come on the air, that major increase in security at the olympics. the military force is now going to top 18,000 overall. minimum wage guards who weren't adequately trained and the government is not taking any chances now, just three days before the opening ceremonies. >> that's right, opening ceremonies on friday. >>> also ahead, the latest on the punishment for penn state, slapped with major penalties in the wake of that abuse scandal. so much emotional reaction from all sides. and a lot of debate of whether this punishment was too harsh on the school and the students there now. >>> also this morning, we're going to welcome will ferrell, can't wait
possessed, he possessed legally. >> police say the heavily armed suspect, james holmes, walked into a theater and opened fire. >> he started shooting people that were trying to escape from that exit. >> 12 were killed and more were wounded than in any shooting in american history. >> i don't ever want to see something like that again. >> but the story is still unfolding as police try to disarm explosive booby traps set in the 24-year-old suspect's apartment. >> complete coverage of the tragedy in aurora on "cbs this morning saturday," july 21, tragedy in aurora on "cbs this morning saturday," july 21, 2012. captioning funded by cbs >>> and a good saturday morning to all those who are joining us now. still so many unknowns about this tragedy, this horrific heinous crime. we have so much to learn about this massacre and the young man accused of carrying it out. our own jeff glor is in aurora this morning. we will be going to him throughout the broadcast for the very latest. good morning to you, jeff. >> reporter: rebecca, good morning to you. a little more than 24 hours now after
disturbing look at james holmes in the courtroom yesterday. abc's dan harris was right there when it happened. and dan, what a bizarre scene. >> reporter: george, honestly, i've never seen anything like it. and if you thought his behavior inside the courtroom was bizarre, abc news is learning now information this morning about his demeanor ever since he was arrested that paints a picture that is even more strange. even before this bizarre spectacle of james holmes in court with that shock of orange higher and that face, looking alternately bug-eyed, bores, or blasted, even before this, police sources tell abc news that holmes has been acting in an extremely strange manner, ever since he was taken into custody. refusing to cooperate, acting as if he was unaffected by his arrest and even after officers put evidence bags over his hands to preserve the gunpowder residue, pretending they were hand puppets. the james holmes we're seeing now is a universe away from the clean-cut, up-and-coming neuroscientist he once was. >> you're currently being held. >> reporter: he remained utterly glazed even wh
with ron claiborne. >>> we begin the suspect in the colorado movie theater massacre, james holmes will be appear in the araphoe county courtroom tomorrow. abc's clayton sandell has the latest from aurora, colorado. >> reporter: the prosecution hammers is about to fall on james holmes. >> this monday, july 30th. >> for the first time the accused mass pa murderer will hear the charges against him. after he came to a mid night screening of "the dark knight rises" opening fire. for thr hearing, they have banned cameras. holmes could be facing hundreds of charges. including 12 counts of first degree murder. expect charges for first degree assault and reckless engangment. >> if he gets convicted of ocout of murder, the possibility is death penalty. >> reporte they want that out of the hands of the police and the d.a.'s. because there is a position patient privilege. >> we tried asking dr. fenton, what if anything did she know about holmes and his alleged plans? she wasn't answering. always a chance that she knew nothing. that holmes kept his alleged plan a deadly secret. for "good morni
of the apartment complex we are told that's the residence of james holmes. inside that residence, inside that apartment unit is a booby-trapped apartment, according to the chief of the aurora police department, daniel oates. we were told by the aurora fire department inside there are numerous bottles containing some type of unknown liquid. connected to the bottles are wires. it is a sophisticated sort of contraption or operation that the suspect set up in this apartment. it seems he was methodical a in his plan. at this point, we have been told by the fire department, by the police that they have snapped photographs from the outside of the apartment through a window hoping to use those photographs to dissect what's inside that apartment so they can safely move into that unit and try to disable those explosives. in the meantime, behind me here you can see numerous fire trucks. they have had ladders extended all morning. they are here just in case the bomb squad and fire department decides to detonate whatever is inside the apartment. back to you. >> you have been speaking to residents the
and talk about it. >> we believe that as part of this assault mr. holmes set off two devices to distract the crowd. they ignited in some form and released some sort of irritant or smoke. the suspect was dressed all in black. he was wearing a ballistic helmet, a tactical ballistic vest, ballistic leggings, a throat protector and a groin protector and a gas mask and black tactical gloves. >> he clearly wanted to survive. he clearly wanted to feel and look military in doing this. what does that tell you? >> well, you know, normally mass murderers end up dead at the end of the day. they don't care. they're fed one life. they want their name in the headlights and ah-hha, ha, i ha done it. and in norway when he mowed down children on the island. he's been in court bragging. put out the manifesto. i wouldn't be surprised if this guy read it. there is a new breed that wants to commit the crime and get to enjoy, you know, the benefits of stull being alive. >> pat, i'm curious what you are saying about the norway shooter and the potential commonality is interesting to me. i'm thinking of jared lau
set for tomorrow. adam housley is live in aurora outside holmes' apartment, adam. >> yeah, jon, the investigation here is basically done and we'll talk more about that in moment and we're learning more, including the time as a summer counselor back in los angeles in 2008 and in fact, pictures that come in to us courtesy of tmz, at that time they went and talked to some of the people that worked at the camp back then in 2008 and basically say the same story, that james holmes hung out with other camp counselors and really no issues and everyone thought he was a normal guy, kind of quiet in charge of ten kids and the kids seemed to like him and no issues at all during his time at the summer camp and of course that would change four or five years later and we come back here live at the location and show you a little more what's going on here, to my right, you can see the complex evacuated. no one is allowed back inside and other surrounding buildings people have been allowed back inside. at this hour there's remnants of some stuff he was using inside of his apartment that he used
. >> mike, i read earlier that one of the neighbor who is lived -- or lives below holmes, last night she heard the music playing loudly, over and over and over again and she went upstairs and knocked on the door to tell him to stop playing the music, saw the door was slightly ajar and she almost went in. i wonder, you know, is that -- just think how lucky she is, if that door is booby trapped that she didn't walk in. >> reporter: that's remarkable. possibly the music was intended to draw something inside the apartment. possibly the music was meant to set up an alibi if people said they heard music from his apartment, that could have been a distraction if he intended to get away at all. it's hard to tell what was going on in his mind and whether the music was on a timer through a computer, so many questions need to be answered, greta. >> mike, tell me a little about the area eye understand that the neuroscience building, the university of colorado is right near there. >> reporter: i don't know about the proximity of the university, but there is a high school nearby. what we have going on
to be a red light burning inside the apartment of james holmes. you can see where some of the glass was broken away. that's where the bomb squad and fire crews got up on the basket. we have reports of one person stepped inside. but we have a camera. they got a look at what the police chief described as a vexing problem, something he has never seen. a series of trip wires, hooked up to what appears to be incendiary devices, unidentified chemical, jars filled with ammunition rounds and what appear to be mortar rounds. there has been a discussion of sending aren'ts inside that apartment, possibly to conduct controlled detonations of whatever is inside that apartment. but police appear to be in no hurry to get inside that apartment until they really have a good plan for what they have inside and how they are going to defuse all of that. you heard the police chief talk about getting help from the feds to look at the pictures of the video from inside that apartment building and make sure they have a safe plan to go inside. they don't want to injure any personnel and cause further destruction to prop
, everyone. we begin with the suspect in the colorado movie theater massacre, james holmes will be appear in the araphoe county courtroom tomorrow. it's the first step in formally charging holmes with the shooting death of 12 people in the midnight showing of the new batman movie. abc's clayton sandell has the latest from aurora, colorado. >> reporter: the prosecution's hammer is about to fall on james holmes. >> formal filing of charges this monday, july 30th. >> reporter: for the first time monday the accused mass murderer will hear the charges against him. ten days after police said that he came to a midnight screening of "the dark knight" carrying an arsenal of guns and opening fire. for this hearing, the judge has banned cameras. the courtroom here is expected to be packed tomorrow. holmes could be facing hundreds of charges, including 12 counts of first degree murder, 58 counts of attempted murder. expect charges for first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, and for what police found at his apartment. >> if he gets convicted of one count of first-degree murder, the punishment
and hearing the alleged movie theater killer, james holmes. >> hello, i'm james. >>> and new details about the lethal, elaborate trap that he set in his apartment. trip wires, i.e.d. aerial shells. now, police, trying to answer the big question -- why did he do it? >>> the loss. we now have the names, the pictures and the stories of the 12 people who died in that theater, including a 6-year-old girl and three men who sacrificed themselves for their girlfriends. >>> still alive. police now say those two missing cousins in iowa were kidnapped but they believe they're still alive, new hope this morning as they expand the search to other states. what are the new clues they have? >>> and missing? has michael jackson's mother vanished? paris jackson calling for help that she hadn't seen her grandmother for more than a week. so, where is katherine jackson? >>> hey, good morning. on this day that we'll see the president of the united states making a trip to aurora, colorado, to visit with the victims of the movie theater massacre. >>> also this morning, this abc news exclusive. videotape of the su
theater massacre. there is james holmes there. he makes his first court appearance today. investigators are focused on one question. how did he go from a ph.d. candidate to masterminding one of the worst shootings in u.s. hi history? >>> we have so many stories of heroism emerging from that terrible night. including those who did whatever they could to protect their loved ones. we are remember those 12 victims this morning. people in aurora mourning them in an emotional vigil last night. you see the 12 crosses already set up. from across the movie theater. i was touched last night, after each victim's name was read, everyone said, we will remember. >> we will remember. >> and we will. >> you saw the crosses there. greg zanis, the man who set them up after the columbine massacre, drove 16 hours to set them up there from illinois. we're going to go to david muir. on is scene since friday. he's outside the courthouse where james holmes is expected to make his first appearance today. good morning, david. >> reporter: they're expecting to see the suspect's face for first time today. we're to
massacre inside of that colorado movie theater. james holmes made his first court appearance since the shooting rampage that left 12 people dead, and 58 others wounded. holmes had the hair dyed bright red and orange and you can see he appeared somewhat emotionless and somber as he sat next to his attorney in the courtroom. what we know is for mall charges are going to be filed against holmes monday. the judge assigned a public defender for the case, and sometime today holmes' family is expect t expected to say something and issue a statement. i want to go to casey wian who is in san diego, and you are at the home, i believe, of the suspect's family and that they are going to be talking later today. what have they said so far? >> well, actually, suzanne, where i am is outside of the office of the criminal defense attorney named lisa dam ymiani o is represent iing the holmes' family and she says she will come out in three hours and read a prepared statement from the holmes' family and take some lim limited questions from the news media. she said that she has been in touch with mr. ho
, this abc news exclusive. videotape of the suspect james holmes as an intern at a science camp back in 2006. the man who allegedly imitating the joker, booby trapping his apartment like a mad scientist. here, described as a soccer-lover. >> better game than rock, paper and scissors. it's aparentally a professional sport. >>> lot of new information coming out about the investigation. we know that holmes is being held in isolation and while police are interviewing people who know holmes, they insists that he acted alone. police have safely removed all of the 30 separate explosive devices from his apartment. last night they detonated them out of harm's way. >>> let's not forget this, all of the victims. their names have been released. >>> let's get right out to colorado where david muir is leading our coverage. good morning, david. >> good morning, dan and bianna, two major developments here overnight. all of that material taken from the suspect's apartment where there were booby trap materials that material taken to an field and exploded. brand-new video of the suspect himself, showing a teen
. as you know, police say holmes burst into the midnight showing of "the dark knight rises" and set off one gas canster and opened fire. 7 people were hit -- 71 people hit, 12 died and dozens still recovering from injuries, some critical. we will bring you updates from aurora and tell you more about the people affected by the tragedy. those who lost their lives and those who survived and how this has changed those lives forever. we will start in aurora at the apartment where cops say the madness began. adam housely is live. he just moved within 50-yards of the apartment. adam? >> they let us move about five minutes guy. the best vantage we had so far today. they took small samples of explosives.s to g they are going to allow people back into the sur rounding apartment complexes within the hour. the windows have been knocked out. so shades are still dangling there. that is the way some of the bomb tech nations got the look inside the apartment where so much stuff was found. i was told by federal authorities it was intricate and there was all sorts of wires everywhere but the actual devices t
, kept to himself. but james holmes was also a one-time ph.d. canned tate and an honor student. more on the man now in custody. plus -- >> i personally have never seen anything like whathe pictures show us is in there. >> trip wires, gas canisters, booby-traps. an apartment so dangerous law enforcement still can't get inside. we'll take you live to the suspect's building. it's saturday, july 21st. good morning, everyone. i'm gary tuchman. a little over 24 hours ago the nation first heard the news. a shooter opened fire inside a crowded theater. 12 people dead, 58 others injured. as many as 11 of those are in the hospital in critical condition. we'll get you out to the scene in just a moment. first, i want to show you this picture. it comes from the adult sex sykes adult friend finder. police believe this is james holmes, the suspect in the shooting. but investigators haven't confirmed the picture just yet. sources did say holmes dyed his hair red before the attack. police are waiting to get inside the apartment. jim spellman is at the theater. what was the scene like there overnight?
the name of the 24-year-old suspect is james holmes. pierre, do we know anything more about mr. holmes? >> again, james holmes is described to me as federal law enforcement officials as 24 years old. white male. sources are saying that he has a pretty clean record so far, again, they have checked him out, no known nexus to domestic terrorism. sources are telling me that it's looking like a lone wolf scenario. as clayton sandell reported, more than 100 fbi acts on the scene assists the police. >> brian, getting information not only about his relationsh s relationships. >> abc news has spoken with his mother, in california, she confirmed for us that he is the person according to a phone call early this morning. >> that he's the one. >> she seems to be confused about it. she's in touch with local police in colorado as well. >> he's being described right now as a lone wolf, this is something that law enforcement officials have been worried about over the last year. >> if lone wolf applies to someone carry out a terror attack from a higher source, it doesn't seem to fit the profile, he app
is on assignment. accused killer james holmes heads to court today as we learn details on how the colorado massacre could have been even worse. >> i'm norah o'donnell. new calls for gun control after friday's tragedy. both sides are now digging in. >>> i'm gayle king in los angeles. it could be one of the harshest penalties the ncaa handed down. penn state prepares to hear its fate in the wake of the sandusky scandal. >>> but first as we do every morning, we begin with a look at today's eye-opener. your world in 90 seconds. >> who are remembered are the good people impacted by this tragedy. >> colorado mourns as investigators search for answers. >> we refuse to even allow our state, our communities to be defined by irrational senseless violence. >> the booby trapped apartment of the accused mass murderer james holmes was "designed to ki kill". >> makes his first court appearance monday morning. >> some of the gravely injured may not survive. at least seven remain in critical condition. >> i beat you. i made it. you didn't take my life. you didn't take my friend's life either. >> should we reinstate
, the suspect, james holmes, is now in custody. he a young man, just 24 years old. eyewitnesses describe him as armed for battle. a rifle, two handguns, a shotgun and smoke bombs. he was wearing a bulletproof vest and a gas mask and police now believe he did act alone. abc news has learned that more weapons have been recovered as awe see there, police searching in his apartment complex near the movie theater. >> that's right, concerned there were explosives there. that's what he told the police, cell phone video taken by a witness showing the bloody mayhem. 20 miles away from the columbine shooting in 1999, 13 students killed there, 13 people killed there. the scale of this -- of these casualties could end up being far worse. we have a reporter live on the scene. clayton sandell at the mall in aurora, colorado, where this carnage exploded hours ago. clayton? >> reporter: good morning, george. this is the multiplex where this shooting took place and there are hundreds of local police and federal agents inside right now processing what must be an absolutely horrific crime scene. it all began j
. they are streaming in. they have tears coming down their faces. once things get going in half an hour from now holmes will appear before judge william sylvester. he will be advised of his rights. this is something that could take five minutes or even less. that could be it. there could be a reading of the charges. otherwise the government has about 72 hours to file formnal charges. jon, we also found out from the public information officer inside the courthouse that about 10 minutes after this hearing we will have a press conference here, a news conference here from carol chambers, the district attorney here. jon? jon: alicia, you spoke to a victim who hopes to be in that courtroom today? >> reporter: yes. her name is mikhail la hicks. she was her. she talked to us with her friend laurie, she was inside theater eight, next door to the one where the shooting that took place. mckayla, was shot through the theater wall. it is still in her chin. doctors say it is safer for her right now. her mother said she is trying to get into the courtroom. >> i want to go into the courthouse to see as much as i can.
it comes from the adult sex sykes adult friend finder. police believe this is james holmes, the suspect in the shooting. but investigators haven't confirmed the picture just yet. sources did say holmes dyed his hair red before the attack. police are waiting to get inside the apartment. jim spellman is at the theater. what was the scene like there overnight? >> well, last night, gary, people started forming this makeshift vigil with dozens of candles. and it's still burning there tonight. nobody is there now but it's just one of those organic vigil sites that pop up. they are blank a community-wide vigil. ever since columbine this community has been protective almost of that legacy. and i think this ties into it. people will use it as a healing opportunity and a chance to really show solidarity. on an individual basis, today they have grief counseling at a pair of high schools to help people process the trauma. >> jim, i feel so bad fort families of those who lost loved ones. the bodies were in the theater for so long and weren't given the exact word if it was their laughed
minutes of the first 911 call, the gunman surrounders to police. he's identified as james holmes. holmes, who lives just for miles from the theater, tells police he's left a bomb in his third floor apartment. >> we are not sure what we are dealing with the home. they appear to be insend airy devices. they're linked with all kinds of wires, as a layman it's not something i've seen before. >> reporter: police won't speculate on a motive for holmes who is now in custody awaiting his first court appearance on monday. >> knowning us now is paul oweder mott who was in the theater and isiah. >> i was sitting right near the exit. >> so when he came in, you saw him almost immediately. >> i think i was the first person to see him and i told my girlfriend to get down right when he was throwing the canister. >> did you know what he was throwing. >> i knew it wasn't right. i figured if he was swat, he would yell something. >> so the fact that he was alone raised your suspicion. >> yeah. he didn't do anything, just stood there, threw the can and shot in the air. >> where were you? >> i was on the fron
. >>> also this morning, this abc news exclusive. videotape of the suspect, james holmes, as an intern at a science camp back in 2006. and emulated the joker, carrying out mass murder, booby trapping his apartment like a mad scientist. here described as a soccer loving, aspiring scientist whose dream one day is to own a slurpee machine. >> what better game than rock, paper, scissors. apparently, rock, paper, scissors is a professional sport. >>> meanwhile, a lot of new information coming out about the investigation. we know that holmes is being held in isolation, away from other prisoners, and that while police are interviewing people who know holmes, they insist that he acted alone. also this morning, police say they have safely removed all of the 30 separate explosive devices from his apartment. and last night they detonated some of them up out of harm's way. >>> and let's not forget this, the faces of the victims. all the names have now been released, and this morning we're going to tell you about their lives. so let's get right out to colorado where abc anchor david muir is leading
'll tell as best we can the suspect's story. searching for clues to what motivated james holmes. authorities say to suit up in body armor, grab tear gas and unleash three firearms and shoot 71 people and leave a booby trapped apartment rigged to explode for authorities to defuse. our randi kaye is there and we'll take you there shortly. we'll tell you who the suspect is. a guy who told police he was the joker. apparently dyed his hair red. we'll tell you where he the ball t bought the weapons he allegedly used. we're going to look at how this story fits with and differs from what we've come to expect. and how people here are coping nationwide. flags are flying at half-staff. this is a state, a country, in mourning. both president obama and mitt romney have suspended campaigning for the moment. the president was awakeneded about 5:30 with the news. spoke about it earlier this morning. take a look. >> we will take every step possible to ensure the safety of all of our people. we're going to stand by our neighbors in colorado during this extraordinarily difficult time. i had a chan
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